published Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Charges in pastor killing sent to grand jury


by Chris Carroll
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Antonio Henry, the 25-year-old man accused of killing a Chattanooga pastor, had charges of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and criminal impersonation bound over to the grand jury this morning.

During testimony, Chattanooga Police Department investigators said Henry and his 16-year-old cousin Brendan Barnes offered different accounts for why they ventured to the Rev. David Strong’s Glenwood Drive home on Oct. 4.

Police Detective Michael Wenger said Barnes told police they visited Strong to murder and rob the pastor, while Henry said they went to Strong’s house to perform a sex act for money.

Detective Wenger also said Henry and Barnes confessed to the crime.

Investigators found a portion of a walking stick next to the pastor, Wenger said.

Strong was stabbed 29 times during the struggle, according to an autopsy report.

The robbery motive also came into question during the hearing, when Detective Wenger testified that Strong offered his debit card’s personal identification number in the middle of the struggle.

Previously, police said the men asked for Strong’s debit card information.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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rolando said...

Then we are no better than they are, indian.

The law allows legal executions, not butchery. The problem is the decades that pass between the verdict and the execution... Do as the military does -- one judicial review within 30-90 days, reviewing ONLY the procedures and proceedings of the trial...THEN pull the switch.

November 3, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
rolando said...

Absolute agreement, indian. You realize neither of us will ever sit on that jury, don't you? Pity, that.

November 3, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.
allGODSchildren said...

Whether Pastor Strong was heterosexual or a homosexual is not the issue. The issue is whether he was using his authority and position as a man of the cloth to prey on what is often some of the most vulnerable in our society. Fatherless men, desperately looking for that father figure to look up to. If this was the story of two young women fighting to escape an alleged or impending sexual asault and they hurt or killed their alleged abuser in the process, I think the response would be much different. According to a prior FBI study, men, especially young, poor and minority men are often victims of sexual abuse more so than society is ready to accept. Young me are often the preference of pedophiles and child sex rings.

November 3, 2010 at 9:34 p.m.
allGODSchildren said...

wildman, actually the courts should decide on punishment, if any, once ALL of the facts are in with nothing being left out. No one is suggesting that no punishment of any kind is in order. But if it's true Strong, gay or straight, there would have to be other victims. If all what one of the accusers say is true then, with the exception of their taking the car and drawing money from his account, this could very well be a case of self defense where the accused may very well be the victims.

November 3, 2010 at 10:19 p.m.
Salsa said...

Self defense? Two men stabbed another man 29 times and you are trying to call it self defense?

November 3, 2010 at 11:05 p.m.
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